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Diros caves in Peloponnese
Diros caves are undoubtedly Mani's main attraction. The caves, which are also called Vlychada caves, are located about 11 kilometres south of Aeropoli, below the village of Pirgos Dirou. You get here with your own vehicle, or by excursion bus from Agios Nikolaos, Stoupa, Kardamili and Kalamata. You can also take a taxi from Aeropoli. If you're going here independently, it's best to arrive as early as possible because it gets very crowded when the tour buses arrive, and then you may have to queue for a long time to enter the caves.
Here begins the boat trip into the cave system.
By boat through the Diros caves. (It is difficult to photograph in the dark.)
It starts with a boat ride of 1,200 meters and ends with 300 meters on foot, before coming out into reality again. During the tour, both by boat and on foot, you pass lots of awesome stalactites and other strange cave formations.
The water depth fluctuates between 2-80 meters. The water temperature
is around 14 degrees, and the air temperature between 16-19 degrees. The
water in the cave is brackish.
Is Diros cave worth a visit? I have been to many caves in Greece, many live up to their reputation, while others do not. Diros cave is one of those that I can really recommend. Taking a boat ride through a cave is not the norm. I only know of one similar cave in Greece, and that is Melissani lake in Kefalonia. he cave in Melissani lake is fantastic, but tiny compared to Diros cave.
Read about Melissani lake on Kefalonia here »
The cave is open every day between 08.30-15.00 in low season
and 08.30-17.30 in high season. It's best to check the times before
you drive there, as they can change. Admission costs around €12
for adults, and €8 for children between 3-18 years. Children under
three enter for free. If the water level is high, the boats cannot make
the whole route, and then it costs about €7 to enter (for adults).
current prices and opening hours, you can check their website.
You get the best experience if you sit at the front.
Expect around 25 minutes for the entire tour (boat and on foot).
The boats are small and a bit wobbly. A life jacket is mandatory and
is of course available to borrow. Please bring a warm sweater as it
can be a bit chilly inside the cave. There is a cafe and a souvenir
shop at the entrance.
Pyrgos Dirou beach located near the caves.
You will be photographed sitting in the boat, whether you like it or not. You can then buy the pictures near the exit for around €5. Should you fancy a swim after the cave tour, you can take a dip on the adjacent beach.